Get to Know Rebecca Dennis, our Transformational Breathing Therapist
Today we brought you an interview with our therapist Rebecca Dennis who offers one to one transformational breathing sessions. Read about what you can expect from the class and whether everyone can be 'transformed' :).
CY: Hi Rebecca, you have been doing regular Transformation Breathing therapies at our centre for some time but I don’t believe our clients have had a chance to get to know you yet. Do you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?
Rebecca: ....Hi, I moved from London 2 years ago to live in St Albans with my husband and our 18 month old son. I divide my time between seeing clients and hanging out with Louis, family and friends. We love living closer to the countryside and exploring it whenever we can. My passions are travelling, yoga, music, cooking good food and I try to return to my spiritual home India as much as I can.
CY: Coming back to what it is that you do, how did you come across transformational breathing?
Rebecca: I worked in media for over 20 years and during that time began my studies with massage and bodywork. I travelled to India, studied Reiki and my curiosity for the mind, body and soul connection began. I had been suffering with back problems and bouts of depression. I was on medication and paid regularly for massages, however I came to the realisation that this was only masking deeper issues.
When I came across Transformational Breathing in a workshop with Alan Dolan it was like a lightning bolt and the physical and emotional sensations I received were nothing that I had ever experienced before, it was extremely powerful. The method has enabled me to come off the medication and I found it incredibly easy after years of searching. I travelled to Mexico and Italy to study Transformational Breathing with the founder of the technique, Judith Kravitz and now I am qualified and practicing in Cambridge, St Albans and London.
CY: So what is transformational breathing? What can people expect to do?
Rebecca: ....Transformational Breathing is a self healing technique that helps people to access the full potential of their respiratory system for better physical, emotional and mental well-being. TB helps correct old unhealthy breathing patterns and encourages a fuller conscious breath. The majority of the population only use approximately 25% of their full capacity so it’s no surprise that improper breathing is a contributor to ill health. As human beings we hold onto emotional stuff within our bodies and in doing so create physical, mental and emotional blockages. This technique helps to release the blockages and transform the energetic field.
At the beginning of the session the client is lying down in a comfortable room. I like them to feel safe and secure. I undertake a case study and breathing analysis. I then go on to ask what it is the client would like to gain from our session. This could be improving the way they breathe i.e people with asthma or coping with panic or anxiety attacks. It might be letting go of unwanted emotions and releasing tensions that are deep within them. During the session I will use acupressure around the body. This helps to turbo boost the release of blocked energies. I work with the client using movement, sound and affirmations.
The client can expect to feel a number of sensations, often tingling and numbness, changes in temperature as well as experiencing emotional release. People often speak of this as a very spiritual experience but I leave this open to the client.
CY: Guessing from its name I suppose that people can expect to be ‘transformed’ after the session. In what way would that be? What are the benefits of transformational breathing?
Rebecca: In order to gain maximum benefits from the sessions it is advised to practice at home between treatments for as little as 5 minutes a day. After the first facilitated session people will definitely notice a difference. Each session is usually unique and a different experience to the previous one.
Some of the benefits reported are:
Balance flow of energy
Reduce stress and anxiety
Release and let go of past traumas
Relieve depression and negative thought patterns
Strengthen spiritual connection
The list goes on…….
CY: And can anyone do transformational breathing? And who do you think could especially benefit from the session?
Rebecca: ....Yes definitely, anyone can do Transformational Breathing from babies to the elderly. I first worked with children in a school in Mexico whilst training and the results were profound and touching. I believe that this work benefits everyone and what I love about it is that every session is unique to the client. I find this work fascinating, rewarding and humbling at the same time.
CY: Thank you Rebecca for all the valuable information, is there anything that you would like to add?
Rebecca: ....I am here every other Thursday and you can book appointments through Camyoga Reception.
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